Today, the Maryland Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) announced that the University of Maryland is not looking into the possibility of building a track and field at the Paint Branch Golf Complex.

This came after opposition from the local residents supporting the golf course.

In 2019, the University of Maryland approached The Department of Parks and Recreation, with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, to explore the possibility of building an NCAA track and field facility on the driving range portion of the Department’s Paint Branch Golf Course.

The University was interested in building a new track with an active mile daily track contractor because many of its existing track facilities are in the Purple Line right of way and must be relocated. In addition to serving University needs, the proposed new facility was intended to be shared for community uses.

After several months of conversations with residents and community stakeholders, the University and the Department decided that the Paint Branch Golf Course will not be used for this purpose.

Though this proposal is no longer being considered, conversations with residents and stakeholders resulted in a deeper appreciation of the roles of both the Department and the University in service to the residents of Prince George’s County. Groundwork has been laid for future collaboration between the University and the Department of Parks and Recreation, the statement reads.